With our European vacation mere weeks away, there's not much time left to read guide books in advance. Having previously read the London and Paris editions of Lonely Planet's pocket guides, I knew I needed to add this one to the list.I was not disappointed.Lonely Planet's Pocket guides distill the "best of" in many ways. They provide information on what to do in each neighborhood, along with easy-to-use maps and transit information. There is a handy language guide to useful phrases, a pull-out map for pocket or handbag, information on free or inexpensive attractions and eateries, and a local's perspective for recommendations.The Pocket guides and Rick Steves' more thorough phrase books are the only books we're taking with us on this trip, despite having read many of them in preparation. I can't think of higher praise. They're great for experienced travelers and beginners alike.