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During our time on the ground in Lithuania, we found ourselves enjoying the Vilnius edition of In Your Pocket. The guide’s listings are animated and hilarious, offering snappy overviews of restaurants, hotels, sights, and nightclubs. We found their review of one restaurant’s cepelinai as “a limbless teddybear drowned in snail slime” breathtaking. (Incidentally, at their fattening best, cepelinai are a heavenly Lithuanian version of the potato dumpling.)
What’s so interesting about In Your Pocket is the range of cities it covers. Quite incredibly, the series includes guides to not one but two cities in Albania: capital Tirana and the northern city of Shkodra. The series does a good job of covering secondary cities in eastern Europe. Among the standout coverage for off-the-beaten track travelers: Pärnu and Tartu in Estonia and upcoming hotspot Podgorica in Montenegro.
But IYP is no one-track beast. The series also has great coverage of German cities (namely, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kaiserslautern, Munich, Ruhrgebiet, and Stuttgart) and surprisingly also extends to Belfast, and, soon, the Isle of Man.