Rocky shore
Rocky shoreRocky shoreRocky shore

Rocky shore

So hard to explain everything in scientific terms in my own words... kindly refer quotes from Wikipedia as below:

The rolling hills of Burren are composed of limestone pavements with criss-crossing cracks known as "grikes", leaving isolated rocks called "clints".

The region supports arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants side-by-side, due to the unusual environment.

The limestones, which date from the Visean stage of the Lower Carboniferous, formed as sediments in a tropical sea approximately 350 million years ago. The strata contain fossil corals, crinoids, sea urchins and ammonites.

Glaciation during the Quaternary period facilitated greater denudation. The result is that the Burren is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. The effects of the last glacial period (the Midlandian) are most in evidence, with the Burren overrun by ice during this glaciation.

The impact of earlier karstification (solutional erosion) has been eliminated by the last glacial period. So any surface karstification now seen dates from approximately 10,000 years ago and the Burren karst is thus recent. Solutional processes have widened and deepened the grikes of the limestone pavement.

Pre-existing lines of weakness in the rock (vertical joints) contribute to the formation of extensive fissures separated by clints (flat pavement like slabs).

The rock karstification facilitates the formation of subterranean drainage.


JOURNEY: Autumn in Ireland - Galway via The Burren
Burren landscape - Limestone Walls along the coast roadBurren landscape - Limestone Walls along the coast road

Burren landscape - Limestone Walls along the coast road

JOURNEY: Autumn in Ireland - Galway via The Burren
JOURNEY: Autumn in Ireland - Galway via The BurrenJOURNEY: Autumn in Ireland - Galway via The Burren
Galway CityGalway City

Galway City

The guided tour finished at the river and we were asked to roam around, eat and shop until 5.30 p.m.

A guy came to talk to me while I walk along the raging river towards the downstream. Maybe because I was alone (so I look approachable?) I got an "interview" from this stranger, usual questions like where do you from, where you stay, what are you doing here, why, why, why etc. etc. Okay, I was trying to focus on my camera and this guy keep asking me a lot of things I've been answered over and over again every time I meet new people and I was not in the mood to answer them now.

Finally, epic scene, when he asked "why Ireland?" I snapped "I like fish & chips" (I was hungry... and obviously, I was too annoyed) Then he said " you're spoiled, a spoiled woman" I replied " yup, I'm very spoiled" He went speechless.... In the end, he offered to help me a photo and told me "you broke the lens" I thanked him briefly and he left. Good, I was alone again, peace!

It is not my intention to be rude to "friendly" people but I didn't realize when I behave like a b*tch. Well, I was in energy-saving mood and this guy just appeared in the wrong timing. I am really sorry about the burst out.

Galway BayGalway Bay
Galway Bay
Galway BayGalway BayGalway Bay

Galway Bay

JOURNEY: Autumn in Ireland - Galway via The Burren
JOURNEY: Autumn in Ireland - Galway via The Burren

Lesson learned:

Check local calender and working hours

Do not travel on Sunday, shops close as early as 5 p.m.

I saw a shamrock in ring diamond ring necklace but the counter was crowded with American tourists. I decided to go out and buy some food first since nobody was free to attend me. When I return to the shop, it was closed. CLOSED!!! That necklace I want is still inside!

Fine, karma! And my desire on that necklace!

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