The rain poured down Saturday, making the weekend run to Carrefour a soggy mess.
But by the afternoon, the showers had moved through leaving clear skies and flat waters. The Jules Verne sailed into the scene, different than the earlier boats that took tourists up and down the river. It pulled into the dock and erected a peaked house midships.
It was the arrival of Sinterklaas in Maastricht.
By afternoon. he had set up (Christmas) house in the local store, welcoming the children with Zwarte Piet. This will continue until the celebration of the Feast of Sinterklaas on December 5.
And the boat was awash with holiday lights by evening.