Paris is the capital city of France, as well as its most populated city. It serves as a major art center, commerce center, finance center, science center, and fashion center since the seventeenth century. As one of the busiest airports in Europe, Paris serves as a significant European highway, railway, and air-transport hub. The Seine River makes one of the spots in Paris, crisscrossing the city amid broad, beautiful boulevards. Other landmarks in Paris include the famous Eiffel Tower and the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral that was built during the twelfth century. Famous for its designer makes Paris is dotted with dozens of high-end shopping mall and boutiques as well as food numerous food spots along its Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore region. Various museums are home to some of the world's greatest works of art. For instance, the renowned Louvre Museum is home to "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo Da Vinci. For other works by Monet, Renoir, and Degas, the famous Musee d'Orsay has them all displayed. The banks of River Seine to the right host the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basilica within the neighborhood of Montmartre, from where tourists view the large hilltops across Paris. The left Seine River banks have a stunning view of the Latin Quarter, famous for its Sorbonne scholars. Nearby, the bohemian Saint-Germain-des-Pres, dating back in history, attracts more visitors. Paris is also famous for is outdoor and sidewalk cafes and food joints, from which visitors partake of the local delicacies as well as other cuisines. These are good for watching people and nature as well as relaxing. More eating options, including international touches, are also available for visitors for fine dining and bistro settings.
Most tourists flock Paris during summer, between May and July, as much as the destination is an all-year-round destination. During winter, the weather is dull, cold, and snowy, and most people tend to keep off the streets. During summer, it is warm and pleasant, offering the best time to engage in outdoor activities and touring the city. The Fete de la Musique is held annually in June, and the busy Paris streets come alive with amazing tunes and musicals. The Bastille Day, held on the thirteenth and fourteenth days of July, bring the city to a standstill as Paris celebrates the Fete Nationale. In August, most local tourists leave for other destinations, leaving most businesses closed and Paris less crowded for incoming tourists. In September, during the Journees du Patrimoine, most museums in Paris offer free gate passes to visitors is a year-round destination. The leading Fashion Week of Paris is held every March or September on varying dates. Another event that is appreciated in Paris is the October Mondial de L'Automobile show that is held every October, attracting participants from all regions in the world.