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From Miami's South Beach and building with Lego to Armenia visas and art friezes

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Miami magic

The Lord Balfour is now open on Ocean Drive in Miami's South Beach. The new hotel has a classic Art Deco frontage and edgy rooms featuring graphic murals, leather lounge chairs, Etro toiletries and iPads (

Slicker cities

Urban Adventures, which offers alternative tours and nightime excursions in 80 worldwide cities, has a new app. The "Treasure mApps" helps travellers unlock local knowledge and unique experiences, with hand-picked tips in Melbourne, Toronto, Berlin, Amsterdam, LA and Prague, pictured, with more to come. Free; iPhone only (

Brick by brick

Learn how to build scaled-down city icons, such as the Arc de Triomphe, with the "Lego for Grown Ups" book by Warren Elsmore, published on Monday, £12.99 (

Upmarket outdoors

The Conran Shop has launched a new camping collection. Items include a camp bed, Biolite stove and solar-powered BBQ (

Reeve recitals

Simon Reeve is giving a series of six evening talks at Kuoni stores around the UK (Winchester, Sheffield, London, Cardiff, Kingston-upon-Thames, Cheltenham) to tie in with his new Australia series for BBC2. The talks run between 21 May and 20 June. To apply for free tickets, call 01306 744 010 or email


The price, in sterling, of North Face's new Back-To-Berkeley canvas boot. The summer version, which comes in six colours for men and women, is designed for city sightseeing (

Armenian rhapsody

"British passport holders no longer require a visa to visit Armenia," the Foreign Office announced this week. Tourists are allowed in for 90 days. BA has stopped flights to the capital, Yerevan (pictured), but Austrian Airlines and Czech Airlines fly via Vienna and Prague respectively (

Art Frieze

The Frieze Art Fair returns to New York's Randall's Island from 10-13 May. It will also feature a sculpture park with an 80ft-tall inflatable dog by Paul McCarthy (