Dolin Family


15 June 2006

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I met the Dolin family (Michael, Karen, Penelope and Elizabeth) as well as Emanuel Kostas (Karen's father) at the Cape Grace Hotel and we set off on our Cape Peninsula journey. We stopped at the St.Stephens church in the city centre where I took all through the history of South Africa. We then moved on to Table Mountain


Penelope, Karen, Elizabeth, Emanuel and Michael inside one of the old past used cablecars at the foot of Table Mountain


Karen and Michael on Table Mountain


Elizabeth doing the Titanic on Table Mountain


The Dolin's doing the Table Mountain shuffle  JJ


We stopped in at the Greek Orthodox Church where I took this picture of Emanuel and Karen


We travelled past Muizenberg and moved on to the Kalk Bay harbour where we had a fish lunch at Kalkies



Elizabeth having fun with the fisher-ladies in the Kalk Bay harbour


From Kalk Bay we travelled through Fish Hoek and Simonstown and went on to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We had a great time at the penguin colony and alas I forgot my camera in my car so I do not have pictures to record our experience at Boulders Beach


Emanuel and the whole Dolin family at Cape Point


Sharing pictures at Cape Point


Everybody having a great time on Chapmans Peak at sunset

We returned to Cape Town and went to the Africa cafe for a great African meal.

What an awesome day with such awesome people!!

This quintet was such a friendly group to travel with. They were full of fun at all times and continuously wanted to know more about my country, city and its peoples. Their interest was genuine and we shared many thoughts relating to comparisons and differences between the USA and South Africa. This all made for a wonderful journey through Cape Town on a day when the weather was at its absolute best. Emanuel is an amazing  person to be so full of life at his age while I found Michael to be a kindred spirit second to none. Karen was the rudder that kept the family ship on course at all times while Penelope in her own way kept the family records via her photography and quiet ways. Elizabeth was full of fun and would try anything that was adventurous making her a very easy and most likeable person to travel with. All in all this was a wonderful journey for me and as a tour definitely represents a very memorable event to me as a tourguide.

I also want to thank the happy quintet for their magnificent donation to school two children in Kayamandi for a year.


Emanuel, Michael, Karen, Penelope and Elizabeth
for such a wonderful day as well as for making a difference to the lives of 2 young South Africans 

Received 16 June 2006

Dear Selwyn

I just looked at the web site and am so excited to see your pictures. Please make sure I can get a copy of them!!! I can't wait for the others to see them. My Dad loved them as well and your beautiful words about us were so touching. Enough!, I cry easily!!

The crew left at 6:00 am and Penny just had a head ache but your pills did the trick last night. They were very anxious and eager to get going. I will keep you posted on the days events. Yesterday was the BEST, we all felt so moved and changed for having experienced the day. 

We need to discuss how the kids school works, when the year needs paid, other fees etc. This is something that I want to do yearly and follow thru with. A staff member this morning at breakfast told me that she also has to pay a bus fee for her daughter in 8th grade as well as the books etc. When you get some time please give me all the details.

Thank you again for everything and look forward to our future friendship.

Hugs, Kisses and Blessings



Received 21nJune 2006

Dear Selwyn

We are back from Zambia and this is the first time I have had internet.
The whole power thing up there was an adventure, they told me 3 times to plug into the converter to only have me black out the whole building for the night. So the Dolins always make stories wherever we go!!!! It was really fun, we did a heli over the falls, saw animals on the river cruise and the best was we ALL did the Gorge swing and Zip line. Do we have pictures and laughs. Pappa took the oldest award to do the Gorge zip. The hotel was wonderful and we really enjoyed all around.

However, you are mentioned daily with reference to the wonderful fact of how no other guide will ever live up to your standard. The girls said we will
forever compare everyone to you and they are never going to make the grade. Very good for us but not for other guides as we have GOOD memories. Cape Town is truly a diamond and we feel so blessed to have started our journey there with your boundless energy and generosity for sharing a wonderful city with us. May you always be blessed with these gifts, they left a a mark on each of us.

Many thanks and we will keep in touch.


Karen, Michael, Penelope, Elizabeth and Emanuel