“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
Mark Twain

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
Julia Child

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and it is the test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.”
John F. Kennedy

Welcome to my blog, TheCulturedTraveler, which is dedicated to sharing my adventures in culture, cuisine and travel (not necessarily in that order) with you.

My “credentials”:

I’ve traveled over 750,000 miles;
Attended thousands of cultural events; and
Dined out several times a week for as long as I can remember.

Living in New York City, I’m perfectly positioned to take advantage of all of these passions of mine. From crossing the ocean aboard Queen Mary 2 to attending an opening night at the Metropolitan Opera to discovering the new hot Broadway or off-Broadway show to having a fabulous meal in New York, Paris or Tokyo, I have lots of experiences (and, hopefully, many more to come) that might be of interest to you, perhaps for your reading pleasure but, hopefully, in order that you might be inspired to try some of them for yourself!

My inspiration for TheCulturedTraveler is to be your faithful reporter, but never (or hardly ever) seen. As Christopher Isherwood appropriately put it (at least, for me):

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.”

It is my pleasure – and my very good fortune – to be able to have these experiences and I hope that you will enjoy reading about them.


8 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Linda: Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m very appreciative. It’s also been amazing to be in the blogging101 community for the past week. In addition to learning how to improve my blog (still having issues with those pesky widgets!), I’ve been overwhelmed by the support of all the other bloggers. Everyone seems to be rooting for each other and I think that’s great. Again, thanks for reading my blog and I hope that you’ll continue to be entertained by my exploits!

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    1. Adrian: It’s my pleasure – we really had a wonderful evening. (And I hope you know that TheCulturedTraveler was kidding about Brooklyn.) I’ve had my eye on LoftOpera for quite awhile and, for once, its schedule and mine coincided. I wish I’d had more time and space (oh, how very Parsifal of me!) in my post to speak more about the performance. I was so impressed with all of the cast and your Collatinus was not only beautifully and sonorously sung but, also, very sympathetic. I’d be very interested to know how much rehearsal time you all had – it certainly felt like a polished performance. Anyway, congratulations and best of lucky with your Rocco in Boston next month. Happy holidays!


  1. I like reading your blog about Queen Mary 2.

    I think you just made my next voyage choice rather expensive 😝

    Very interesting to me is that you quote “The Innocents Abroad” as I do in the opening of my travel blog!



    1. Hi Bob – thanks for checking out my blog. You’ll definitely enjoy making a crossing on QM2. Make sure you sail from England back to the USA. You’ll be setting your clock back (giving you an extra hour’s sleep or more playtime). Best regards, Jeff

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