The very centre of France's hexagonal borders is occupied by Limousin, the least populated part of France. With its green and hilly bocage scenery, its picturesque villages and castles, it could be seen as the very epitome of the French landscape. In spite of its beautiful scenery Limousin - the region is named after its capitalLimoges - is apparently off the beaten track for tourists. Indeed there are few conventional attractions in the usual sense, but its abundance of lakes and rivers makes the region good for anglers, canoeists and sailors. The Vezere, Correze, Vienne and Creuse rivers rise in the mountainous east (Plateau de Millevaches, Monts des Monedieres), where peaks reach a height of some 1000m. In the departements of Creuse, Haute-Vienne and Correze there are only 42 people per sq mi, and agriculture forms the basis of the economy. Manufacture of porcelain and wallpaper, as well as leather working, are key trades in the region. Every seven years (2009, 2016) some 20 towns (including ?Limoges, Le Dorat, St Junien, Nexon, Aureil) stage colourful processions between May and July called ostensions.