Time to lean back … or lean in!

Chartered clients, Norma and Rhys Rolfe, have their trekking takkies on again, this time to take on the highlights of Sweden …

What picture do you have of what your leisure time in your retirement?

Might it be getting up late, wandering onto your deck and overlooking the lagoon, sipping at a steaming cappuccino? Or waking to the serene sounds of the bush, binoculars and map at the ready?  Perhaps, more daringly, you will take on an adventure in more exotic climes?  Or, a warm day in your garden with a book or some seeds to be planted is just perfect!

For Chartered clients, Norma and Rhys Rolfe, both in their early 70s, feet on foreign soil is their way of enjoying themselves.

2014 last year saw them doing the famous Camino Walk in Spain: 290km of walking in the footsteps of thousands of ancient and contemporary pilgrims … notwithstanding flapping raincoats keeping driving rain at bay.

The Rolfes celebrated 2015 with a trip to Greece and Turkey.  Istanbul is a bustling city of 15 million residents, mad drivers and pristine cleanliness.

And this year, just to relax, the Rolfes undertook a 12 000km trip through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark – at just the right time to witness the colourful flowers taking their spring bow.  In competition are the migrating flights of birds sweeping across the azure sky on the south eastern coast of Sweden – one of the greatest migration routes in the world with 500 million birds flying over this area annually.

“We did not realise to what extent relics of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age are here for all to see,” marvelled the Rolfes.   The hefty price tag of touring there is offset by the beauty, neatness and safety of Sweden.

Keep an eye out for the next Rolfe update … they are en route to Stockholm and The Arctic Circle.

2A splash of colour celebrates the countryside

3Ruins of medieval church and cross

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