We started out at the Madeleine because we had promised our son a trip to Paris’ oldest toy store, Au Nain Bleu ,which has been in existence since 1836. We were disappointed though to find out that the store is currently undergoing a major renovation and had just a tiny display of toys stacked on top of each other. We left quickly and walked towards Rue Saint Honoré passing by the Passage Madeleine where we couldn’t resist to walk through and see the fantastic spring flower box that was right in the middle of the alley. There are a few specialty stores in this side street and a very nice cafe filled with the Rive Droite (right bank) fashion crowd.
Dinner that evening was supposed to be at 21, a seafood restaurant that I ate at in October, but when I called to reconfirm our booking, we were told that the restaurant had decided to close for Easter week and so we were without an evening reservation. We then decided to go to Le Bar du Plaza Athénée which was renovated a few years ago and has since become a trendy place to have a drink. After a quick drink in the modern clubby bar, we walked four blocks to Rue Marbeuf to have dinner at Meiji renovated a year ago from what used to be my favorite sushi place in Paris, Sushi-Cho. The interiors have been spruced up but the place pretty much looks the same except that they’ve streamlined the menu and concentrated only on sushi, sashimi and yakitori. Our dinner was excellent and the service was efficient. We ended the day with a short walk up the Champs-Élysées then it was back to the hotel.