Comments on the website

2012

Marjan Meegdes: A very nice website about Poland. I have not read anything like this for a long time, but it looks very good. Lots of information and beautiful pictures. Entirely right. !!!

2013

Aloys: For next year we plan a holiday in Poland. So I am lucky to find this site, very good, beautiful and provided with very good info for vacation. Success with the site and hopefully there will come more info.

2014

Lex Lugthart: Special site. Never have read such a complete and personal image of a country somewhere. Great initiative, especially to eliminate (pre-) judgments (often out of ignorance).

Jacques: Hello, this is really a very nice web site. Much information. Many helpful tips. I really hope that many Dutch people will read this. One can find everything about the beauty of Poland, super go on!, greetings: Jacques and Uszi Overwijk, Osetno Mazury.

Marielle: What a nice website! We are busy planning a trip to Poland. We want to go to the north of Poland and then go back home through the eastern and central Poland. We want to see everything and to do so it takes some what to see and experience but this site does help! We will be making the trek in our American motorhome. Our son of 6 goes with us so if anyone have any good ideas or tips, please let us know!

Ankie: This site, my daughter-in-law sent me. I think that’s a nice gesture. I’m going to read the information with great interest and hope I get a bit wiser.

Anna: Good site with very good information. Most Dutch know that the Polish people are good hard workers, but we are much more than that. Really a good site. Hats off 🙂

2015

Steve: I am Glad there is so much information available about Poland and her culture.

2016

Harrie Beuvink: Have been reading this website for a couple of years, great website, new topics are added every time, very informative, praise to the creators!

2017

Mariya Rodionova: All I can say is you both and various contributors have created a very detailed, unofficial guide to your homelands. I especially appreciated the depth of research that is evident from the articles on political situation, social customs and national character. The point of view you provide on these websites is very qualified and well-informed because you, as natives of Poland and the Netherlands, have profound knowledge of your countries and can talk about them in a manner that is both entertaining and informative. A multitude of colourful photos makes the websites very attractive too. Another great feature of the websites are stories about personal experience of foreigners abroad (you in Poland, your correspondent Dorota in the Netherlands) and reports from travelers (e.g. the story Hitchhiking). It may be critically useful for those travelling to your countries to read about this first-hand experience. It could be great if you included more stories of such kind to the websites.

2 thoughts on “Comments on the website

  1. I am a historian In the leo baeck institute, center for jewish history, the majority of mansions you speak of are actually BUILT BY GERMANS and were not ! built by Poles, there is nothing Polish about them, it was obvious that the author was a Pole as she did not mention that these mansions WERE INHERITED by the new Poland in the borders of the Potsdam Conference of 1945. However inaccurately you fail to mention this in any description. The actual title of each mansion needs to read: German built , NOT showing any particular Polish style, but INHERITED by current day Poland in 1945. There is no shame to ” inherit ” them however the descriptions you have herein are not historically accurate !

    • Dear Sir,
      After 1990 many Poles (and others) fled the poverty in their country. That is how they arrived in the Netherlands. In cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Dutch form a today minority (around 47%) of the population.
      In order to prevent major social problems, after 1990 courses were started to teach the Dutch language to (among others) people from Poland. As a lecturer in technical informatics, I was surprised about the content of these language lessons. When I retired just after 1990, I decided to do something (as a hobby). I have made a number of travellings through Poland and became friends with my Polish guide.
      When writing “stories” for Poland architects quickly came to the turn, as everyone who walks around in the Netherlands sees their products.
      See: http://www.holandiabeztajemnic.pl/?page_id=5850&lang=en
      To boost self-esteem among Polish refugees, a website about Poland has also started.
      See: http://www.polenvoornederlanders.nl/?lang=en
      Some of these architects went (already centurie sago) for Poland (and other places) and left their marks (a bit) on the form of buildings there. This is how Tielman van Gameren came into the picture.
      See: http://www.polenvoornederlanders.nl/?page_id=6499&lang=en
      According to Polish architects, the influence of these Dutch architects is still demonstrable in some buildings in present-day Poland. We have also tried to make that visible.
      Zie: http://www.polenvoornederlanders.nl/?page_id=17136&lang=en
      Finally, a very small amount of attention has been paid to the current Dutch architecture of Eric van Egeraat (the Dutch embassy in Warsaw).
      Zie: http://www.polenvoornederlanders.nl/?page_id=17136&lang=en
      Hope this all shows and explains why the story is not about nationallities, but about people.

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