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Undaunted Valor -- Donna Wichelman
Undaunted Valor

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Favorite Places

Scenes from France and Italy along the Glorious Return Trail mentioned in Undaunted Valor.

Small Cove, Varenna
Ancient Stone Bridge, Cluses, France

Val Pellice near Bobbio Pellice
Coming Down the Mountain into Les Chapieux, France

School of the Barba, Pra del Tor
Val d’ Isere, Near Le Monal (Restoration Project)

Boat Dock, Villa Cipressi, Varenna
Val d’ Isere, France
School of the Barba, Pra del Tor
Ruined Stone House in the Val Clarea
School of the Barba, Pra del Tor
End of the Road, Val Clarea, Italy
Fortification at Balziglia, Italy
Fortification at Balziglia, Italy


My husband and I are foodies, so when we go out for food, we often find places that make authentic ethnic foods or have a reputation for making well-prepared food. Some of our favorite places are smaller individually owned restaurants. When we travel, we ask recommendations for the local favorites. At home, I like to experiment with various ethnic foods and stay with dishes that are spiced well. Some our favorite ethnic foods are Italian, Indian, and Asian. 

Nonni’s Agnolotti with Butter and Rosemary Sauce from Light Out of Darkness

Donna’s favorite dessert: Authentic Italian Gelato or Homemade Ice Cream

  • I admit it. I am a snob when it comes to ice cream, and all my friends know it. When we travel, we always seek out mom and pop homemade ice cream and gelato shops. There is nothing like the rich taste and smooth, elastic texture of an authentically- made Italian gelato. It should not have the consistency of hard ice cream nor contain icy bits. It should be smooth, creamy, elastic and bursting with flavor. My absolute favorite is a mixture of nocciola (hazelnut) and chocolate. For our own homemade ice cream, we make vanilla chocolate chip (stracciatella) with shavings of Cadbury Milk Chocolate bars instead of the small-size popular brands of chocolate chips.