Between 2008 and 2011, I was Deputy Director of NATO's Centre for Marine Research and Experimentation, CMRE (at that time NATO's Underseas Research Centre, NURC). During that time my wife Edith and I lived in the lovely town of Lerici just south of La Spezia. We had rented the top of an old villa that had a magnificent rooftop terrace. From there, we enjoyed magnificent sunsets across the Gulfo die Poeti, famed as a stopping place for the likes of Shelley and Byron among others. It is a beautiful part of the world and we were lucky to have been able to experience it.