A Glimpse Of Paradise In Bora Bora

01/17/2013 02:04pm ET | Updated March 19, 2013
beautiful beach on bora bora...

BORA BORA - It began with a personal letter from the long-ago best-selling author James Michener a letter I still hold dear -- that said I must go to Bora Bora. "The most beautiful island in the world," he wrote, "and one that he wished he could go along to see once again." When I returned from French Polynesia, I remember writing him at his Maryland home, saying that God must have personally placed this islands in the ocean after He finished the rest of the world -- carefully, like a floating candle, after having touched up the rain forest and mountains with a gentle brush. This place stands alone -- absolutely alone -- in its spectacular beauty.