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St Barths Customs

Long lines, staccato questions and the ever-present threat o detention can make even the most honest of travelers start to sweat. With long, bureaucrat-controlled lines, the potential for frustration reaches incredible levels at customs stations around the world.

You’ll find none of this at the lone airport on St. Barthelemy.

Arriving off-season, of course, helped take the sting out of the customs gauntlet, such as it is, on St. Barths. But, I can’t imagine it being terribly daunting even during the busiest days of the year. The customs agent merely stamped and waved each visitor on.

As my fellow passengers left the terminal, the layer of border security left, too. Before I’d even stepped into the car, he was already leaning against a wall, cigarette in hand.

Priceless.

Disclosure: Eden Rock picked up the tab for this trip, and it would have been impossible to cover this destination otherwise, given the cost. Nonetheless, my opinions are my own – they’re certainly not for sale at any price.

Richard Prince Story in Saatchi Online Magazine

Check out my latest story in Saatchi magazine. Living legend Richard Prince experimented with unusual subject matter at a show this past winter at the Eden Rock Gallery and Resort on St. Barth’s.

This new approach involved basing the 25 paintings displayed on a screenplay by the artist, which he hopes to turn into a novel with the help of a ghostwriter (and publish under a pseudonym). Eventually, Prince hopes, the book will be a vehicle for promoting the movie.

For now, though, he has to settle for the brutal reality of having sold each painting for $150,000, pretty much within 24 hours of the show’s opening. Tough life for a starving artist …

Read the whole story in Saatchi magazine >>