“Hitch Hiking” #10! Hiking The French Riviera! Hitchcock’s “To Catch A Thief” Cannes Caper!

Welcome To Cannes France!

You might have heard the name before, but now it’s time to pound the pavement in one of the most gorgeous areas of the world! Cannes is located on The French Riviera, and this sleepy resort town on the Mediterranean wakes up for two weeks a year to host the world’s most glamorous film festival.

The rest of the year, the resort town is flooded with tourists and locals alike, who bask in the beauty around them:

For this edition of “Hitch Hiking”, I want to take you on a walking tour of Cannes that lasted most of a day and added up to more than ten miles, topped off with a Hitchcock film that was based here!

I added up all the times I’ve been to Cannes for both work and pleasure, and I came up with this number: 23! Yes, I’ve been to Cannes 23 times, and got into a habit of getting out early in the day to get some exercise – here’s what I did on my “ten mile hike” along the French Riviera:

As you can see, the Cannes Croisette has plenty of iconic blue chairs to sit and watch the world go by…but I decided to “hike” Cannes instead – beginning at the north end of town and the “Palm Beach Casino”, which is the town’s hot spot at night, but quiet during the day…

The town has a great walkway known as “The Croisette”, which hugs the Mediterranean and passes some of the city’s iconic hotels – and that guy seems to enjoy that view more than the water!

Up ahead, just more than two miles from the Palm Beach, sits the Palais du Festival, where the film festival is held each year…and on the other side is the Cannes harbor, filled with boats of all shapes and sizes, and some Yachts as well:

From the harbor, you can see the “old town”, which gives you a chance to climb the narrow streets to the top and see the town from above it all:

My hike has taken me just over four miles at this point, standing high above Cannes on the southern end of town – and when I head down to the water, I continue south, away from the town center:

The town of La Napoule is 4 miles south of Cannes, and I walked halfway there in order to keep staring out to sea – those hills in the distance are just south of La Napoule:

You can literally walk around this hills straight ahead, and if you go for 50 more miles, you will end up at St. Tropez! Instead, I did a U-turn after two more miles and headed back to Cannes – hungry and thirsty, so I stopped at one of the kiosks that lines the path:

I enjoyed a ham sandwich on a baguette and headed back to “The Croisette”, where people were still gathered to enjoy the sun:

Well, I DID hike more than ten miles, so I figured it was OK to put my feet up and relax a bit a view that I could stare at for hours on end, before deciding it was time to end my “hike” and watch an Alfred Hitchcock thriller that was based in Cannes!

“To Catch a Thief” is the 1955 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film stars Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who has to save his reformed reputation by catching an imposter preying on the wealthy tourists of the French Riviera. Grace Kelly stars opposite him as his romantic interest – and yes, it was her final film with Hitchcock.

Here is the trailer:

Here is what inspired us to watch it: the incredibly beautiful French Riviera, which is shown in a great driving scene with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly…never mind that every dialogue scene was clearly shot in a studio on green screen, the exterior shots offer up a Riviera that I hiked!

This is my tenth “Hitch Hiking” trip – if you wonder where i went for “number nine”, here is a hint:

Yes, I hiked the Grand Canyon, one of the wonders of the world…you can read all about it here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/01/26/hitch-hiking-9-hiking-to-the-bottom-of-the-grand-canyon-plus-alfred-hitchcocks-only-best-picture-the-psychological-thriller-rebecca/

My series, inspired by my wife, began with this view overlooking Malibu and the Pacific Ocean:

For those who haven’t been following along, here are those previous 8 hikes, as well as the classic Hitchcock thrillers the you can enjoy afterwards:


https://johnrieber.com/2019/01/15/hitch-hiking-here-are-8-great-hikes-8-classic-alfred-hitchcock-thrillers/

Let me know how many times you’ve been to the French Riviera!



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18 replies

  1. I always wanted to see this and NOW I have with you!

  2. I was there in 1986. Definitely some changes, but some of your pics sparked some memories. Although I did prefer Normandy and Mount Saint Michel, there’s definitely a draw to the French Riviera!

  3. I actually enjoy the green screen element – for a nostalgic feel. in fact I question whether Cary Grant could even drive in reality – I watched so many of his movies where it feels like no eyes on the road ! Suspicion comes to mind…😊

  4. Before I see a new place, I watch as many movies set there as possible. We had our ”mini moon’ in Bruges and ironically, we stayed at the hotel where In Bruges was part filmed. Not a romantic movie but Irish and a super story so I love it. Then I had The Nun’s Story- such a contrast. Catch a thief is so picturesque too. I must blog about these things!!

  5. 23 times, I want to go! Great photos as always.

  6. Wow! Beautiful! Thanks for the walking tour. πŸ™‚ And time to watch the movie again too!

  7. Such a stunning place, I’d love to visit. Beautiful photos. 23 times..? Wow! And also hiking the Grand Canyon, that’s one of those bucket-list type things to do, but I’m not sure I’d have the energy to do it so I’ll just enjoy the photos! πŸ˜‰ You’ve also made me want to watch that flick again, I vaguely remember watching it as a child (under 12 I seemed to watch a whole host of things, including Psycho and horrors which is perhaps why I feel immune to scary flicks these days).x

  8. I have never been to the film festival, but I have been to Cannes twice. The last time was around 1970 I think, when I was 18. To this day, I have never paid so much money for a simple glass of orange juice as I did that day near the Croisette. πŸ™‚
    I prefer the Marseille area, with Cassis, and Bandol. But it would be good to see the festival films of course. As for ‘To Catch A Thief’, I have seen it, but can live without it. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. πŸŽˆπŸŒπŸ‡πŸŽπŸ‰ @Anthony_Wiggle’s turning 56 this May πŸ’™πŸŽ‚

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