There are so many delightful architectural finds in New Orleans, but especially in the French Quarter, or Vieux Carre, the oldest part of the city. Here you’ll find old world-style cobble stone streets, complete with the traditional banquette, an old Creole French word used here for pavement. The word really means little bench but has long been used to refer to these special, raised, sections of pavement that protected ladies’ feet and skirts from spring flood waters that would run through the streets. Because the pavements had to be nearly as high as benches to keep out of reach of the waters they came to be called little benches, or banquettes, and we still refer to them as such today.