The canal is the best setting for a range of activities. It provides an illustrious background for leisurely-paced strolls on an autumn afternoon, for a quick run around the block during lunch-break, and for the day-long boat trip to catch a glimpse how other people live throughout the city. The faint murmur of the water, the subtle glow of the sun, the pleasant aroma of the air are just a few of the qualities that make the canal into a most peaceful location. Not to forget about the street vendors, musicians and locals who often find their way there on the weekends. Nothing beats the experience of feeding ducks with crumbs of the freshly-baked, still warm bread purchased just nearby. Visiting a canal offers a momentary suspension of the humdrum of everyday life. Here we’ve selected 25 images of some of the world's most beautiful canals.