So we walked all the way around La Madeleine:
Unfortunately, the neat art nouveau public toilettes in front of La Madeleine are closed, and have been since 2011! We saw that a homeless person had set up his apartment down their steps.
The front steps of La Madeleine provide a good view down Rue Royale toward Place de la Concorde and the Assemblee Nationale.
Of course, we went inside La Madeleine, and my husband took a few pictures with his camera with the appropriately high ISO (our little Canon, which I was using, just couldn't handle the darkness). Perhaps I'll post some of them someday. My next blog post from our Paris trip will feature Tour St. Jacques, all that remains of a tremendous church that was the starting point for the Parisian departures on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.