Ceil Miller Bouchet

Ceil Miller Bouchet is a freelance travel writer based in Chicagoland. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CeilBouchet.

Local Flavor: Mojitos in Havana

Deceptively simple yet slightly controversial, the Cuban mojito is best enjoyed—and understood—in one of Havana’s old or new watering holes.

Beyond the Beach in Martinique

Imagine a Caribbean nation where village church steeples mingle with palm trees, the scent of baking croissants melds with that of passion fruit, and the island’s liquid soul—rum—is spelled with an h. I’m not sure what I was expecting when my plane landed in Fort-de-France, Martinique’s capital. In retrospect, the word “France” in the city’s name…

Beyond the Beach in Guadeloupe

“They’re calling, ‘Look at us, look at us dance,’” my guide shouts as she sways to the complex percussion rhythms and insistent call-and-response of the ten-man gwo-ka group that saturates this shabby sidewalk stretch in Pointe-à-Pitre, the principal city in Guadeloupe. “This is more than music,” she continues, cupping her hands to my ear. “This is a…

Five Reasons to Visit Chicago This Winter

Chicagoans don’t let a little cold weather cramp their style. Outdoors or indoors, the Windy City revs up when the thermometer dips. From skating to sipping to celebrating, here’s how to join in the fun.

Paris: Tossed But Not Sunk

The Age of Enlightenment. The City of Light. A place whose motto has been Fluctuat nec mergitur—Tossed but not sunk—since the Middle Ages.

Whatever the future holds, perhaps now is the time to go to Paris, if you’ve ever thought of going.

Mexico’s Island Eden: Isla Holbox

“Holbox reminds me of Tulum, ten years ago.” “Yeah, or Playa del Carmen back in the day, when the Blue Parrot was the only place on the beach.” Okay, I was eavesdropping; a Holbox Island newbie sitting beside a group of silver-haired norteamericanos in faded board shorts and boat shoes who looked like they would…

Boutique Hotels in Classic College Towns

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The summer break is winding down, which only means one thing: School is back in session. From moving day to parents weekend, this roster of grade-A boutique hotels has you covered.

Great Family Trips: Paris

The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. Kids are traveling with grandma or a single parent or an indulgent uncle (or all three). However you define your kin, this Parisian itinerary is all relative.

Drinking Chocolate in Bayonne

The last thing I expected to discover in Bayonne, the scrappy Basque town in southwestern France known for its salt-dried ham, was the most luscious hot chocolate to ever cross my lips, a velvety concoction coiffed with a dome of froth and sipped from a delicate, rose-bedecked porcelain cup in a turn-of-the-century chocolaterie beneath the ancient hulking arcades…

Chicago’s Indie Hotels

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Chicago is as famous for Wrigley Field and deep-dish pizza as it is for its neighborhoods. See the Windy City in style by making one of these boutique hotels your home base.

Move Over, Miami: The Best of St. Pete

After spending five days in and around St. Pete, I felt something mildly addicting about the whole place. Beyond the dreamy beaches I found a stiletto-free, thinking-person’s Florida where glassblowing is art, shuffleboard is cool, mid-century modern lives, local craft beer trumps $15 cocktails, and the sun shines an average of 361 days a year.

Celebrating Memorial Day, ‘Over There’

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“The village school is just over there,” says the Mayor of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, site of the largest American cemetery in Europe. “Our teacher taught us a song, and we put flowers on the graves.” Inhaling the lilac-scented air, I’m finding it hard to reconcile that this emerald strip of France’s Lorraine region once roiled with battles along World War I’s infamous western front.