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POLe Magazine edition #1 --
the Magazine on Poland and Polish America - Highly Recommended site :)
But sometimes the overseas links are not as reliable, so the second best thing is to find a site with relevant information closer to home. One of my favorites is the Poniecki Foundation's Polonica Archives which is also available in gopher format. Similar to the Polish Home Page, this University of California archive contains many interesting links. My favorite, though, are Poniecki's searchable archives. Here you will find back issues to some 20 publications on Poland and engaging archives on Polish-Jewish relations. Also, don't miss the RealAudio link to the daily updated Polish Radio broadcast (in English). The site will tell you how to download a free copy of the RealAudio player and where you will find radio broadcasts. What's revolutionary about this is that you no longer need to download audio files to your own computer but instead you can play them straight over the internet.
In addition to the Poniecki Foundation, several other Polish-American web pages offer general links you might want to explore. Since I am a big proponent of simplicity (few tasty graphics because most people still use slow dial-up modems), my favorite gateway is Boleslaw Dworzak's Polish Connections. This bi-lingual directory based in Canada contains nearly 100 alphabetized links to all things Polish — some of which you won’t find anywhere else. If some of the links are not working (I found quite a few), then try Zbigniew Pasek's Polonica Collection where, among others, you can view the new Polish money, download the Polish anthem and read about Kieslowski's films.
Polish Home Page in the USA is another good place to start. Based in New York, the site offers flight schedules for the Polish Airline LOT and money transfer information by the Polish Bank PEKAO. My favorite section, though, is the "Polish Personal Home Pages" which already lists close to 100 pages and where you can instantaneously add your own.
With a distinctive windy city flavor comes the Polish-American Home Page. While this page does not offer links to Poland, here you will find information on the Polish television in Chicago as well as links to Polonia Bookstore and 2B magazine, both Chicago-based.
I saved the Polish Homepages for the last and for good reason. If you explored the above mentioned sites first, by surfing to Polish Homepages you will appreciate what a well-balanced yet attractive design can accomplish. With mirrors both in Australia and the US, this site includes some of the best pictures of Poland I have seen online. The guest book where you can add your comments is also top notch. The server, albeit, is sometimes busy so be patient....