Got back from the Blue Mountains a few hours ago and have to admit that while it was good to have some time out in the blissful countryside, it was also great to be back in the big smoke. In fact, on the way home I made D stop in the city so we could do some shopping. Then when we arrived in Bondi we went for a walk along the promenade. I missed the ocean so much, which is pathetic as we only left on Saturday morning. Anyway, we stayed at the Hydro Majestic, which has so much potential as an amazing hotel given its deco features, but it just didn't live up to our expectations. The staff were friendly but badly trained - I had one of the worst cocktails of my life there. And over dinner we were tucked into a dark corner like we'd been bad children - all very strange. But the view from our room was breathtaking (see above). The management need to pay more attention to the maxim: under sell and over deliver - please!