A little technical information: the canal is 240 kilometres long, is 16 - 19 metres wide and is 2 metres deep. Zounds!!
This is the canal looking in one direction and then I turned around and took a picture facing the other way. (sorry there is no space between the pictures. I erased one and added another, but the result was that one seems to be sitting right on top of the other. later: ok, sometimes there is a space between so please accept my apologies if my comment makes no sense!!)