Nolan Travels    -- Happy trails from Lewis & Betty Nolan



    Click on underlined titles to go to

    specific travelogues.


    BACK to DINGLE, IRELAND - 2010 

   Revisiting Coast of Southwestern Ireland for a week and

    nearby, awe-inspiring artwork and craftsmanship of

    Dingle Crystal, Holden Leather and Mulcahy Pottery

    plus beauty of Slea Head and Cheann Sibeal Golf Course.



    NORMANDY to PARIS - 2009

    A week visiting Normandy Beaches, Monet's Gardens at Giverny,

      Joan of Arc's Market Square at Rouen, and Paris landmarks.



    Revisiting Lewis Nolan's teen haunts including Sutter Lawn in

       Sacramento, 50-year reunion of Sac State college fraternity

       near Lodi, and surfing beaches at Santa Cruz.


     ROME Plus CRUISE - 2009

    Visit to Rome, Italy followed by 10-day cruise in 

       Western Mediterranean with stops in Italy, Spain, and

       Tunisia's ancient Carthage ruins in North Africa


     ALASKA CRUISE - 2008
      An eight-part account of a week cruising the Inland Passage with

      stops in Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan plus visit to

      Vancouver and fabulous Bouchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada.


     DANUBE ODYSSEY - 2007
      Two weeks cruising on the river through Austria, Germany,

      Hungary and Slovakia.


     AMSTERDAM - 2005
      A week in wild, wonderful and wicked Amsterdam, Holland.


  DRIVING thru DIXIE  - 2005

  Visits to Atlanta, Savannah, Lynchburg, Appomattox Court  House,    Charleston, Fort Sumter, and twentieth century war memorials in Washington, D.C.


     NOVA SCOTIA - 2004
      A short cruise and a whale of a time in the Bay of Fundy.


     TUBAC, AZ - 2004
      Thanksgiving at Tubac Golf Resort and Nogales, Mexico.


     ENGLAND - 2003
      Our return to London and visits to Bath and beautiful

      St. Ives in Cornwall.


     DINGLE - 2003
      Our third trip to Ireland's remote Dingle Peninsula

      to visit ancient ruins.


     SOUTHWEST - 2002
       4,100-mile driving trip with visits to botanic gardens

       in Dallas, Flagstaff and Santa Barbara; Sedona and

      Tubac, Ariz.; and California's Hearst Castle, Getty Center

      and Venice Beach.

IRELAND - 2002
      A week on the rugged Dingle Peninsula.

     PARIS to the COTE D'AZUR - 2001
      A week's cruise down the Saone and Rhone Rivers

      with stays in Arles, Avignon and Paris.


      A pilgrimage to Cass Lake, Bemidji & Lake Itasca.


     WAY OUT WEST - 1999
      Travel by convertible and plane to Santa Fe, Taos,

      Grand Canyon, Palm Springs, Honolulu and Hope, Ark.



     MAUI - 1998
      A week of golf, sightseeing and snorkeling


     IRELAND - 1997
      On the famine trail in search of ancestral roots


     KAUAI & CALIFORNIA - 1993
      A six-part account of 10 days in Kauai, Hawaii plus

      a few days in California's Sacramento and Napa Valley.



      IRELAND ROOTS - 1991

       Tracing Nolan family roots in ancestral homeland of

       Ballinasloe plus playing golf at Bally bunion,

       Killarney, and Waterville.




    on the cheap - 1976

    Newspaper reporter's rhapsodic account (with links to photos),

       first published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, of Lewis

       and Betty Nolans' 18-day, low-cost, 2,500-mile camping trip

       with their 15-month-old son, Casey, to popular New England

       vacation spots including Bar Harbor, Maine, Cape Cod, the

       Island of Nantucket, Mass., Niagara Falls and elsewhere.

       Expenses by major categories are presented.



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                        Betty and Lewis Nolan on the bow of M/S Ravel near

  Chalon-sur-Saone, Saone River Cruise, France, 2001


Lewis and Betty Nolan of Memphis, TN, have long enjoyed travel. As Vice President of Communications at Schering-Plough Health Care Products until his early retirement in 1996, Lewis traveled on business a great deal. Betty taught culinary arts in a Memphis high school until her retirement in 2007. Her long summer holidays and his company?s liberal vacation policy afforded them time to visit much of the United States and many other countries. During their travels, Betty took photos and Lewis took notes.


This site recounts their longer trips ? to Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. A sister site, Nolan Travels: Getaways, recounts shorter trips taken from 1993 thru 2009 to places like Nashville, TN; Washington, D.C.; Gulf Shores, AL; West Point, MS, Sacramento, California and Tubac, Arizona. Getaways 2010 recounts short trips taken beginning in 2010.


Additional photos from recent trips to Boston, the Ozark Mountains, and Gulf Shores, AL are posted at, sign in and search required.



A journalist and former business editor for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Lewis has written a book on his family history,  Nolan-Miller Family History. and created online news letters for the 1980s and 1990s alumni of Plough, Inc. Update 3030; and alumni of Alpha Sigma Phi's Gamma Nu chapter at Sacramento State College (now California State University at Sacramento) Siggy Raider.


He has also documented his adventures as a swim coach at Sutter Lawn Tennis Club,

Sacramento, CA in the 1960s and early 1970s.


Comments and/or questions are welcome. Please email them to Lewis Nolan,                      




                                                             Betty and Lewis Nolan in front of St.Stephen

Cathedral, which houses the world's largest

cathedral organ with over 17,000 pipes and

223 registers. Passau, Germany, 2007

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