These Knopf guides are pictorially rich, have excellent tips and itineraries, and are comprehensive in scope. Small enough to pack and carry too! The Provence guide really introduces you to the art, culture, geography, history and the sights beautifully. Just about all you need (or can rely on comfortably) in advance of a trip. OK, so there are guides richer in hotel/restaurant details, but as a general trip planner, keepsake, and carry around guide this is the one!