We got off the ferry at the island of Poros. Magdalena was waiting there for us, in a bright pink shirt and smile on her face. We then ducked into a little boat taxi, after we paid 1 euro, which took us to the other side. The boated zipped across the channel to the town of Galatas. Galatas is a small fishing town, with a mix of old and modern establishments. It’s not super beautiful. But it’s enchanting in its own way.
We got into Magdalena’s car and drove out of Galatas. Shortly after, we pulled off to a dirt road heading up a big hill, where our little month-long apartment was. We arrived. The property is fairly big, consisting of 3 houses that each hold 4 units. More are currently under construction.
We got out of the car and walked into our little apartment. As soon as we opened the door, my jaw dropped. Across from me were big windows and door that revealed the incredible view that was responsible for our booking. However, this view in actuality, in person, with my own eyes, was quite astonishing. I get to wake up to this and have breakfast here and lunch and dinner and wine at night oh my! is what I immediately thought. I was already in love with my new home.
The apartment itself was small, open and clean. White, beige and blues were everywhere, and it was decorated in such a cute and cozy way. The bathroom, with two sinks and a rain shower, left a huge smile on my face. Along with the adorable old fireplace that added that final touch of “home.”
My boyfriend and I work remotely in a big city without an ocean. We decided that instead of working from home, in a blistering hot and polluted city, that we would find a place to live and work, for a month, in front of the sea. And we ended up at Live-Bio. And as it turns out, there is so much more to Live-Bio than “a room with a view.”
Whether you work remotely or are on holidays, Live-Bio is a very unique experience. Here’s why:
8 Reasons why Live-Bio is more than just a room with a view:
1. The hosts!
Periklis and Magdalena are a young, generous and fun couple that make you feel welcome. They introduced us to so many great places and people, and always made sure that we had what we needed. They were very respectful of our space and time, and they also were very much “friends,” as we traveled and shared several dinners together.
2. Intimate beaches
There are small beaches around Live-Bio that are close and accessible by walking. You won’t find them overcrowded, and if you’re not Greek, you will most likely be the only tourist. Plaka Beach has the most buzz with its music pumpin, Aliki Beach is a bit more mellow and accessible to my favorite beach…..The Unnamed Cute Little Private Beach. Here, we ended our day with Magdalena, as she led sunset yoga sessions, followed by a swim. This will be one of my best memories at Live-Bio.
There were a few of us staying at Live-Bio at the same time, who were integrating work with pleasure. As we were a few entrepreneurs, we gathered for a couple of hours a day, focusing on one person and their business or business idea. We bounced ideas off of each other, in response to that person’s goals or needs. The next day, we focused on someone else. These brainstorming sessions generated a lot of new ideas, helped me personally, and were a lot of fun.
4. Poros island
Poros is an enchanting little island that is a 2-minute boat taxi ride away. From Live-Bio you just have to walk down the hill to the road, and then take the road into Galatas, about 10-15 minutes walking. Pay your 1 euro to the boat taxi, which run about every 10 minutes, and voila, you’re in Poros. There are great beaches, big and small, the Temple of Poseidon, and a lot of pine trees. I love this contrast of sea and pine! There aren’t a ton of tourists, compared to some of the other islands, and there are some great restaurants…which brings me to my next point…
5. Katerina and The Odyssey Bistro
Katerina is a good friend of Magdalena and Periklis, and one day they brought us over to Odyssey Bistro on Poros, to enjoy a delicious dinner and to meet the wonderful owner, Katerina. I loved everything about this place, and it really all comes down to Katerina. A born and raised Poros native, she is full of energy and is so proud of her Greek roots. You see and feel this in her restaurant, and you can certainly taste it in her delightful food. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get invited to one of her parties that she hosts, where there is no shortage of food, drink, and Greek dancing.
6. Sailing with Periklis
Periklis has a perfect sailing boat for a nice group of about 6 people. A perfect plan for a Sunday afternoon. He is a highly-experienced captain with a great sense of humor. He took us around to some secret beaches that are only accessible by boat, where we swam in some amazingly crystal blue waters.
There is so much to do and see around Live-Bio, and the hosts know exactly where to go. Whether you’re exploring the ancient Mycenae, wine-tasting in Nemea, standing in the 4th century BC theatre of Epidavros or wining and dining in the enchanting Nafplio, there is much to discover within 2 hours of the Live-Bio property.
8. The view!!!
Ok I couldn’t help myself. Live-Bio is more than a room with a view…but the view is really spectacular. And since it faces east, and since we were there in the summer, we were wakened with some unforgettable sunrises over the Aegean Sea. Just to simply wake up to that view every morning, set the calm tone for the rest of the day.
As someone who lives to travel, I usually don’t repeat too many places. But as Greece has a special place in my heart, I will definitely stop again and stay with my friends at Live-Bio.