Tour of Anne
Frank’s home in Amsterdam, Holland (Photos included)
Dixie - Visits to Georgia's Atlanta and Savannah, Virginia's
Lynchburg and Appomattox Court House, South Carolina's Charleston
and Fort Sumter, and Washington DC's Memorials for 20th Century
Betty and Lewis Nolan with fellow passengers aboard Holland American cruise ship M/S Ryndam, Alaska, 2008
Betty by stream at Gulfa Gorge in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas 2005
Presidential Library and Museum,
Rock, Arkansas, 2005
at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 2005
Betty and son Casey Nolan at Mission San Xavier
del Bac, Spanish mission
outside Tucson, Arizona, 2004
Lewis at Vietnam War Memorial, Washington Monument in background,
Washington, D.C., 2005
Lewis and Betty Nolan of
Memphis, TN, have long enjoyed travel. During many of his years with
Schering-Plough HealthCare Products in Memphis, where he served as Vice
President of Communications before his early retirement in 1996, Lewis
traveled on business and at company expense a great deal. Betty,
recently retired from teaching culinary arts in public high school,
continues to be a dedicated gardener. They enjoy visiting noted gardens
every where they travel.
Lewis kept notes about many
of his business trips and their short “getaway” trips. This site
recounts their short trips from 1993 through 2009.
Getaways 2010 - records their
getaways beginning in 2010.
A sister website, at
Nolan Travels, contains links to
travelogues Lewis wrote and pictures (mainly taken by Betty) about their
longer trips to Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
With responsibility for
his employer’s government relations, Lewis made frequent trips to
Nashville to meet with various Tennessee government officials on behalf
of his company and also on behalf of the Memphis business community in
his capacity as chairman of the Government Relations Committee for the
Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served for several years on
the Boards of Directors and Governors for two statewide business
advocacy organizations, the Tennessee Association of Business and the
Tennessee Business Roundtable.
Lewis also frequently
traveled to Washington and New Jersey on company business, where he
would spend one or more nights each time. He made frequent, all-day
trips to West Point, MS, and its Old Waverly Golf Club. The private club
is a 300-mile drive from Memphis and is ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100
Courses in the U.S. In addition, Lewis and Betty usually drove from
Memphis to their condo on the beach at Gulf Shores, AL, four times a
year, for stays of a week or more at a time.
In some years he
took 30-to-40 trips a year before retiring from Schering-Plough in 1996,
accumulating enough “points” for him and Betty to fly for free and stay
at greatly reduced rates at prestige hotels. He often made notes of
business conducted or golf played, nice restaurants and people visited.
Due to the advent of the Internet and his acquisition of computer
equipment, he turned his informal notes into brief accounts of “getaway
trips” starting with 1993. Previous trips were made in the days before
widespread computer use. The frequency of trips dwindled following his
retirement and a lengthy recovery from a brain aneurysm in early 2006.
Links to the business and pleasure trips for which his notes from
1993-present were made are in the column on the left. Just click on a
year to go to the desired travelogue.