Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sinterklaas arrives in South Limburg

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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.

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And the boat was awash with holiday lights by evening.

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3 comments:

patti said...

Santa arrives here on a coast guard cutter. But not until December 6.

Dave Hampton said...

I think that's how he arrived in Seattle as well: right after Thanksgiving?

Dave Hampton said...

Oops, I managed to get it almost entirely wrong. Sinterklaas actually arrives by boat this weekend the 14th.

http://crossroadsmag.eu/2009/11/14-nov-5-december-sinterklaas-celebration/

Funny how random events can get strung together across a day's observation. Sorry for the misinterpretation.