Yoon So So relocates to France with her college boyfriend--despite her parents’ disapproval. A few years later, her boyfriend heartlessly returns to Korea without So So. Then to remain in France earning her Ph.D., she works as a tour guide. She leads the “Luxurious Premium Tour Packages: 1 Week in France”. So So always does her best so that travelers can create great memories together. This show covers one of those tours. This series' particular group was fractious and troublesome despite its small size. The seven tourists included a man who came without his girlfriend, a dating couple that has been together for 7 years, an older couple with a demanding & complaining husband, and a man traveling with a younger woman. The group members couldn't be more troublesome--especially, San Ma Roo, the solo traveler. He fought with his girlfriend 3 days before the trip and then left her behind at the office while he still takes a vacation. He is a nuisance from day one when he is trapped in customs.
Surprisingly, during the trip, So So learns that Ma Roo is her fated lover. She does not want to believe that as she does not believe in Fate. Yet, when they are left alone on an island, they start to share each other's pain from previous relationships, and begin to develop mutual feelings. What will So So's decide after meeting Ma Roo? Will she go back to Korea to join him and her family or consider this relationship merely a whim?
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I've never watched a drama so refreshing and yet heartwarming as this one. It has a little bit of everything and defies the norms of Korean drama standards, going above and beyond to give viewers a realistic and yet magical experience. The drama really teaches you to stop judging and see things from alternate perspectives. Whenever you think something is "as is", it's not and theres no other way to explain it apart from you watching this drama.
You won't regret it!
Looking at the ratings made me feel like this drama is seriously underrated. Currently at episode 10, and I'm loving it to bits! Episode 1 started a bit slow, but it was crucial to understand the different personalities of the tourists. By the way, I loved the ahjummas! Wish they were part of the tourists also, which would have made it more interesting and funny to watch.
The supporting characters' relationships seemed cliche at first glance, but as they delve deeper into their background stories, it made me realise that this drama is all about "Don't judge a book by its cover" and the different kind of relationships between the tourists.
I found the pace to be good. I loved how they focused on each pair for each episode. I loved the back stories and the progress of relationships so much! I loved the male lead's character here. It was so unique. I'm glad he wasn't a typical CEO or this good looking handsome guy with a narcissistic personality. His character was hilarious and so were his interactions with people in France. There were so many misunderstandings about him from the very start which I found to be funny. I loved his character so much!
And for the elderly couple, at first I really despised the ahjussi. He kept yelling at everyone and complaining about everything. I felt really sad for his wife. But once I saw the backstory, I kind of understood why he behaved in that manner. I could also tell that he changed slowly throughout the course of this drama, though not to a drastic extent, which seemed realistic enough for me.
For the young couple, I thought they would have a happy "honeymoon" dating period in France. But man was I not expecting a deep relationship with misunderstandings and communication problems. Their relationship changed a lot throughout this drama as well.
And for the main couple... I loved the progress of their relationship. The misunderstandings between the two of them were hilarious. And man, Jung Yong Hwa's kisses have gotten A LOT BETTER. I hated the fish kisses in "The heartstrings".
There were so many unexpected twists which I really loved. Overall, it was an awesome drama to watch!
For those ONLY looking for romance, don't start this drama because the main focus is not the romance but the growth of the characters and their relationships. It was a really good refreshing drama for me.