hi, i'm off to Kiev next week for 8 days exploration of that (rather large) area. we have a local guide, but since it's a first visit we're curious as to what to expect, and of course where to go in a relatively short time. i'm sure there are lots of experienced members here who may be able to offer some useful advice? obviously we'd like to take in the main sites, museums, etc, along with some time looking for relics as long as its safe and practical! please feel free to advise on any aspect which may be of interest - many thanks in advance!