We found out that we could take an alternative route towards the Mediterranean (via Canal du Loing & Loire valley) but we would have to sail back to Paris and then go south. When leaving Paris we suddenly smelled burned rubber, but could not locate it, and we were very much in doubt whether it was coming from us or from the outside. Phil looked through everything, but with no luck and as we shortly after were entering a smal tunnel we suddenly had smoke coming from the engine room. Quickly we got the kids out on the deck, and Philippe shot the fire extinguisher into the engine room (we did not check if there is a fire off course, then we would just give it a lot of oxygen!) We were now in a one way tunnel, it was all dark since the electronics got turned off. Philippe gets a hold of the VNF lock keeper so they aware our situation. We tie the boat to some stairs and I can take the kids outside of the tunnel where we wait for the towing boat to arrive. They pick us up very fast (since we are blocking the commercial traffic) and drop us off in the Marina we just left from (amazing service).
The boat was an unbelievable mess, the powder from the fire extinguisher was everywhere, the kids are having their rooms next to the engine, and therefor they have a layer of powder on everything (on their teddies, lego and all these small things they just have all over!) We both felt the task of cleaning this mess was almost too much! We could not be inside the boat, but the moment we went outside it started pouring down. Quickly we arranged a room close by, and started the cleaning of the boat. Philippe biked to buy a vacuum cleaner. When he comes back, he has scratches all over. On his way downhill, the seat of the folding-bike suddenly collapsed and he crashed, giving the new vacumer and himself a trip through the air. The day continues like this, so we go to bed early 🙂
Now (three days after) we are back on the boat, all happy, clean and again in good spirit. The mechanic said we had done the right thing, since it probably would have turned into a proper fire quickly (we kept asking our selves if we could have done something different). The electronic unit fried completely, and there is no explanation why. We will get the new parts next week, so for now we are enjoying Paris, again. This time we are lying in the Nogent-sur-Marne area, which is close enough to center but greener, and nice ❤