We're soon going to Kiev, and I read recently in a guide book that the water is not safe there, not even to brush your teeth. Is this true? If so, will we be able to purchase bottled water close to the Palace Hotel?
Also, I'm very interested in traditional Kiev handcrafts such as embroidered linens, the painted eggs (pysanky?), matrushkas (sp?), and other such things. Can these be found along St. Andrew's Decent-or is another place better for handcrafts? Also, can you suggest a price range for such things? I'm trying to determine how much money to plan to take/get upon arrival. Also, should we plan to use the local currency in small shops or are US dollars and/or Euros accepted?
Thank you so much for any help you can give me. From what I'm reading, it appears we'll run out of time before we run out of things to see/do!