In the most recent issue of the Times Literary Supplement D. H. Lawrence is reported to have recalled "several places that offered the ideal conditions to work." They were in Tuscany, the south of France, and Paris, for instance. "What they all had in common, these ideal places for working, was that I never got any work done in them." Gazing out of windows and taking walks were constant temptations. My experience exactly, though my places were Edinburgh (Scotland), and Marburg (Germany)—to name just two.