What Is A Lightning Adapter?

In the fall of 2012, Apple released a revolutionary new connecting port on their portable devices, moving to a new design for the first time in 10 years. The new connector is called a ‘Lightning Connector,’ and it is a completely new redesign of the previous 30-pin connector. The Lightning Connector is an eight-pin design, meaning it has eight metal contact points, four on each side. The new connector is almost 80% smaller than the 30-pin connector it replaces. In addition, it contrasts with the 30-pin connector in being reversible and digital, in that it has a microchip inside the cable itself.

The major downside of the new Lightning Connector design is the millions of 30-pin accessories sold that will no longer connect directly to the Lightning Connector. However, there is a solution to this in that a Lightning Adapter and Lightning Adapter Cable are available to connect your new iPhone 5 (or other Lightning Connector device) to legacy 30-pin accessories. These accessories are available directly from Apple and their resellers, but at a very steep cost of $29 for the Lightning Adapter and $39 for the Lightning Adapter Cable.

One alternative to the expensive Apple-branded adapters is to purchase a third-party Lightning Adapter or Adapter Cable. A search for these items will lead to many results. We recommend working with a legitimate online retailer, who has a physical mailing address and phone number on their website, and who will stand behind the products they sell.

Another interesting alternative to the expensive adapters is the 30-pin Bluetooth Dock Adapter, which connects to your legacy 30-pin accessories. This small, easy-to-use device plugs directly into your 30-pin dock or accessory. When the accessory is turned on, the Bluetooth Dock Adapter is switched on automatically. You can then use your Bluetooth-enabled device (nearly everything has Bluetooth) to connect to the dock or accessory without the wires or a physical connection. Essentially, it converts your docking station or accessory into a wireless music player. This has the added benefit of allowing multiple devices to connect wirelessly to your docking station or accessory.

The current list of Apple devices with the Lightning Connector are: iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 4th generation, iPod touch 5th generation and iPod nano 7th generation. If you own one of these devices, you are probably in the market for a 30-pin adapter. Shop carefully and we hope you enjoy your new iDevice!

Le Creusot Tourist Attractions, Nightlife, Shopping and Travel Information

Le Creusot is a beautiful and a dreamy city. This is a perfect place to celebrate your vacations. It is situated in the region of Bourgogne in Eastern France.

Le Creusot By Eurostar

Le Creusot has now become famous in UK because of Eurostar connections to the city. Don’t miss the chance to get into the dreamy world of the town through a very comfortable way. Eurostar provides you a high-speed comfortable train to reach your destination. You can take your train from St Pancras International Station London to Paris and then from Paris direct to Le Creusot.

Attractions in Le Creusot

This place is a place where the tourists come from parts of world. Here are many places to attract the visitors. Some places are: –

  • La Verrerie Castle: – It is a beautiful castle located in the heart of the city. It is a perfect family picnic spot.
  • Museum of the Human Being and of the industry: – It is a ceramic, mining, steel manufacturing and glass industry. It is a biggest industry in the region.
  • Promenade des Cretes and Belvedere: – It is a fabulous panorama. It attracts the various tourists.
  • Saint Barbe Church: – The church is very good looking and beautiful. It is situated in the center of the city.
  • Larc Music club: – It is an oldest attraction of the town. It hosts various kinds of music shows.
  • Parc des Combes: – It is a place where one can enjoy whole day.
  • The steam hammer: – It is a 21 meters high hammer that attracts the visitors. It is situated in the entrance of town.
  • Tour des Bandages: – It is a beautiful and attractive tower.
  • Diverti Parc: – it is a beautiful natural park. It is a good picnic spot.

Hotels and resorts in Le Creusot

There are many hotels in the town and Eurostar has its link with all good hotels. So it has become easy to book your accommodation along with your train ticket. Various hotels are: –

  • La Petite Verrerie
  • Le Bourgogne
  • La Belle Epoque
  • Bodsonn Bar
  • Le Moulin Rouge
  • Le Vieux Moulin

Nightlife of Le Creusot

A tiny town enjoys a stunning nightlife. Rocking discos and lightning pubs add to the night life of the city. The places full of crowd at night are: –

  • CafĂ© des Arts
  • Le Bilou S Bars
  • Deligia Palmiro
  • Macedo Jose
  • Sarl Le Milesime Dominique
  • Madison
  • Traxx Discotheque

Shopping in Le Creusot

In Le Creusot you can enjoy full time shopping. This is a perfect place for every kind of shopping.

  • Faune Boutique
  • Martin Joel
  • Gifi
  • Bsy Bourgogne
  • Carrefour De Beaune

So what are you waiting for? The full time enjoyable vacations are waiting for you. So book your Eurostar tickets now.

The Black Opals of Lightning Ridge

Australia’s Governor General, the Honourable Bill Hayden AC, named the opal as Australia’s national gemstone on 27th July 1993. Of all Australia’s opal, black opal is the most exotic, treasured and looked for. Around 95% of world’s supply come from Lightning Ridge in New South Wales or “The Ridge” as it is known locally.

I first travelled to “The Ridge” in 1999, it was a year of good rains and even in the summer the countryside appeared to have a green tinge. The road and surrounding plains are relentlessly flat marked occasionally with a distant farmhouse or shed. A contrast to later visits following eight years of drought meant that some children and dogs had grown up never knowing rain. Located 8 hours drive North West of Sydney near New South Wales border with Queensland, Lightning Ridge is less a ridge than an ever so slight rise of ground swelling out of Australia’s wide brown plains. Sparsely vegetated with scruffy eucalyptus and native grasses, the entire area’s covered with houses, camp sites and shanties. At night roaring portable generators power all the dwellings that are beyond the reach of the towns electricity supply.

The town is a decent size with paved roads and smart houses that decay at the fringes to the shanty town of the surrounding mine sites. The population officially is around 1,000 people although the membership at a local bowls club boasts more than 2,400. No one can really say how many souls inhabit the local area but the black opal attracts people from all over the world to live and dig for the luminescent gems.

In my many visits I have met an aging ex showgirl from Paris, investment bankers, politicians and even the make-up artist who looked after Elizabeth Taylor in some of her biggest films like Ben Hur and Cleopatra. Fortune has favoured many black opal seekers, others have found solace and friendship in the outback community and have never left. This town in many ways is still a frontier of sorts, hellishly hot in summer and subject to flooding of the nearby river at times. The swarms of flood mosquitoes can on occasions be so intense it is almost impossible to see and breathe if you venture outdoors unprotected.

There are many rather unique sights and places to visit in “The Ridge.” One of the pastimes of visitors is to sift through some piles of dirt that miners have left aside in their diggings. This is known as “noodling” and a number of famous black opals have been found this way. What better way to relax after a day of sifting through the dirt and dust than to swim in the bath water hot Artesian Bores. These bores are from Australia’s Artesian Basin, when rain falls upon the inland side of the Great Dividing Range, the water seeps underground and a million or so years later bubbles above ground into artificial pools. A nifty local way to keep cool in summer is to wear a light shirt into the water, when you step out into the hot wind the evaporative effect is so cooling it takes your breath away!

Another unusual way to look around the camp sites is to take the self drive “Car Door Tour,” the painted doors of cars have been hung in trees. This way you can take the red door tour or green and so on guided by tree bound car doors. It is a great way to find your way around the maze of opal diggings without needing your GPS to get home. This is worth doing just to get a glimpse of outback architecture such as the Astronomers Monument and Amigo’s Castle along with other unique building styles. In town there is the house built of bottles, numerous opal mine tours and a number of shops where you can buy the precious black opal gems. One of the more unusual things you are ever likely to do is pub crawl through the bush taking a swig at “The Glengarry Hilton,” “The Sheepyard Inn” and “The Club in the Scrub.”

Below ground is of course where most of the action lies for miners of black opal. Visitors are not excluded from the cool tunnels, tours undertake to show sculptures and even a cinema underground. There are many eccentricities about Lightning Ridge and the people who live in the black opal country. Overall, like many places of the world, the heart of Lightning Ridge lies in its community, it’s why I keep returning.