The Champagne comprises the rural idyll of two contrasting areas: the wide plains which in the South merge into a lively lake and meadow landscape, and the raw forests and hills of the Ardennes in the North. The designated Route Touristique du Champagne leads through vineyards into the endless corn fields which in the South merge into the lake district with its oak woods, grasslands and rivers. At the Belgian border lie the Ardennes named after the Celtic name for deep forest. Through this wild borderland with jagged valleys and hills the river Meuse winds through. The Ardennes reveal to the traveller and nature-lover a special charm. On the lakes east of Troyes water sports are very popular.