Summer holiday planning is rife at Austique, and what better way to give us some inspiration than by finding out about everyone’s favourite vacation destinations around Europe? Read on and find out about our top tips for jet setting around Europe, plus a few hidden gems…
CARI – HEAD OF ONLINE
My favourite place would be without a doubt Italy, especially Florence. Be sure to block out a full day for the Uffizi gallery and strolling around the streets and testing out all of the ice cream parlours. A hidden gem for me would be going to the monastery of San Marco to view the annunciation by Fra Angelico and then there are loads of little traditional Italian restaurants nearby where you can stuff yourself silly after being oh so cultured!
RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
100% it has to be Versailles all the way. I have been obsessed with the Palace of Versailles and Louise XIV for as long as I can remember, and visiting the building itself was basically a dream come true (I need to get out more.) Although it’s a given that the majority of your visit will be spent wandering the majestic corridors of the palace (not to mention the Hall of Mirrors!!), it would be criminal not to take a walk around the stunning landscape gardens and pay a visit to the Grand and Petit Trianons. Top tip: be sure to take the mini train from the gardens out to the Trianon buildings – I dread to think how long it would take to walk, and the train is just so darn fun you wouldn’t want to miss out!
ELIZABETH – ASSISTANT BUYER/DESIGNER
As a Hungarian my favourite place to visit in Europe is Budapest for many reasons. The city is absolutely stunning and filled with amazing architecture, art, food, and people. Visiting the Hungarian Baths is a must, my favourite is Gellért Baths because of its outstanding architecture and history. The Hungarian State Opera house is awe-inspiring. Not only is their opera phenomenal, but the ballet is also very impressive. Remiz Restaurant and Kisbuda Gyongye are ideal for authentic Hungarian food.
ERIKA – ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
Okay so my favourite place in Europe has to be Hvar in Croatia. The first time I went was for my best friend’s wedding and I fell in love with the place, in particular Hvar town. The town has this wonderful old world charm to it coupled with this cosmopolitan uber cool party vibe. It has a beautiful port with stunning yachts and fabulous little islands dotted around the horizon. In contrast to this glamour then you have the most beautiful old stone streets, lined with amazing flowers and hanging baskets (albeit they are incredibly steep). These meander up a steep hill which ultimately brings you to an ancient fort. It’s hard work but the view when you get there is well worth it. Gosh there is so much to say about Hvar!! From the party point of view it’s simply awesome. If you’re on a yacht you simply sail in, grab a taxi boat and either go to Carpe Diem island, Carpe Diem bar or Hula Hula bar. All are right on the water and just party central. If you’re looking for hidden gems simply sail around the island and you will find the most amazing little coves with crystal clear water. Ooh top tip: make sure you get the high speed ferry from Split to Hvar. The slower ferry drops you on the other side of the island from the town so obviously you have a bit of a trek then.
NICOLA – ECOMMERCE INTERN
My favourite getaway close by has to be Paris! The Musée d’Orsay is my favourite gallery, where on show are beautiful French Impressionist paintings. After a stroll down the River Seine and shopping in Saint Germain you will feel like a true Parisian! The Marais district is a great area for vintage and high end shopping, especially on Sundays as shops are open and the cafés and bars are buzzing with locals. Make sure you take a culture stop at Angelina’s tea house on the Rue de Rivoli for the best hot chocolate in the city and a cake or two!
ALICE – ECOMMERCE ASSISTANT
I went a few years ago and fell in love with this beautiful place. You can find everything there! I definitely recommend renting bikes so you can see the whole city. Go to all of Gaudi’s buildings, they really are amazing and a huge part of the city. The Sagrada Familia is breathtaking and has such a great history. To escape the busy city, grab some ice cream and head to the beach at the edge of the city. Top pick: make sure to visit the old olympic stadium and the Park Guell.