Cissa Fleming

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It makes me smile…

I believe that everybody should have a list of memories that make themselves smile. It can be a person, a situation, a picture, a thought, an incident, a pet, a drink, a place, a taste, a music, a smell, …. anything! 

Then, when you are feeling blue, give a look at your list. It is a fantastic therapy! 

Here are some items of my list, starting with what the pictures I used on this website menu are showing:  

  • watch the skyline of Atlanta, 
  • learn new things in books and collections, 
  • have lunch with friends, 
  • laugh with that  3 wonderful ladies, 
  • play with our cats, 
  • watch the weird DragonCon parade, 
  • visit Rio de Janeiro.

And also:

  • feel all the love I have for my husband,
  • admire the beauty of  the flowers in the Spring and the leaves in the Fall,
  • watch old Monty Python movies,
  • remember Elton John, Billy Joel, Carol King, Phil Collins, Tom Jobim, Paul McCartney, Caetano Veloso, and other great concerts I had seen,
  • remember our wedding party, and how people were there,
  • concerts at Chastain Park,
  • dinners with my girlfriends,
  • eat chocolate cake in the car, parked in a driveway, in a rainy day,
  • feel the sun,
  • see dogs fetching/swimming/running in the park,
  • “hunting” covered bridges/water falls/halloween decorations,
  • Cirque du Soleil presentations;
  • enjoy the applications on my iPhone,
  • eat popcorn while watching the summer rain from the porch,
  • take a nap in a hammock,
  • sail,
  • be hugged by my husband,
  • watch the cats play with each other,
  • eat brownie with hot chocolate melted over vanilla ice cream and decorated with nuts and a cherry on maraschino…

hummm…. good idea!  smile







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Weekend Trips from Atlanta…


to Florida:


to East Georgia:

  • Savannah: historical city, one of the oldest of the US. Used the be the port city for cotton exportation in the XIX century. The Historic District was a planned area: 22 squares,  elegant big houses on  tree-lined streets, great restaurants, and lots of histories. (4 hours driving)


to North Carolina:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: there any time of the year is beautiful, but the autumn leaf season (from middle of September to end of October) is absolutely gorgeous! You can just spend the day driving around, or spend few days staying at a cabin/lodge. One place we stayed once is the Snowbird Lodge: very comfortable, cozy, peaceful, with a huge library and a gourmet restaurant and incredible wine list. They also prepare a picnic basket/backpack for you, to be eaten in one of the beautiful trails around there. Check our pictures from there.  (around 3 hours drive.) In that area, visit also:
    • Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.  If you have an opportunity to drive a convertible  there, it is an amazing experience! 
    •  Lost Sea, where there is a lake inside a cave. (I still think the  Gruta do Lago Azul in Bonito (MS, Brazil) is prettier, but this lake is interesting.)


to Tennessee:

  • Lynchburg,  home  of  the Jack Daniel’s distillery. But whether you are interested in visiting the distillery or not, don’t miss lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant, a charming former boarding house with excellent home made southern food. Make sure to make reservations (remember they are in central time zone), it is a small place and the service is boarding house style: each room has a table for around 15 people plus a host. The host talks about the history of the city, makes people feel as part of the place while enjoying delicious home made food. 

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Bangladeshi restaurant in Atlanta – Vanessa’s suggestion


PANAHAR  is a nice Bangladeshi restaurant at Buford Hwy, corner of Briarwood Rd.

They don’t serve alcohol, but they will not charge us to bring our own – nice deal!  The restaurant is very small and need reservation for large groups. the reservation.

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More places to visit in Atlanta- Katia Young’s suggestions

Katia Young works for the Atlanta Convention & Visitor Bureau. She gave me more suggestions of places to visit in and around Atlanta:

For the Gone with the Wind movie fans:

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Restaurant suggestions – by Katia Young

Katia works for the Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Here are some of the restaurants that she suggested me:

For Southern Food:

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Products and Services for who lives in Atlanta

(Esta lista foi inicialmente criada para ajudar uma brasileira que havia recentemente mudado para Atlanta, e precisava preparar algumas festas)

House Maintenance:

  • Um guia de empresas para manutenção de casa que eu confio e uso muito é o Home Reports.
  • A empresa que eu usaria para limpeza de janelas é uma dica deles: Sunshine Window Cleaning  (770) 491-8362 
  • Landscaping: Larry Bradley (404) 455-6799



apesar que os melhores bolos ainda são os da nossa amiga Alba – mas ela não faz “para fora”…

Produtos brasileiros


Produtos internacionais: 


Musica Brasileira: 

  • Banda Rua 6. Lider da banda: Andre Rievers (marido da Dri). Eles tocam noEclipse de Luna  (4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd – Atlanta, GA, 30346 – (678) 205-5862 




Cabelereiro (para corte e tintura)

  • Frank DeSoto :  (404) 668-2900 




Dry Cleaner: 

  • Sig Samuel’s  (Midtown) (404) 872-2233


    Aluguel de Casas para Temporada na Praia


    Unique gifts:


    Médicos, Faxineiras, Depiladoras, manicures, cabeleireiros, etc: 

    see Medicos/ dentistas/etc here. 

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    Arts in Atlanta

    High Museum of Art 
    The Ferst Center for the Arts


    Banda Rua 6 (musica brasileira e latina). Lider da banda: Andre Rievers (marido da Dri).
    Eles tocam no Eclipse de Luna
    4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd – Atlanta, GA, 30346 -(678) 205-5862


    Cinemas (que apresentam filmes de arte e internacionais):

    • Midtown Art Cinema:  931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, (678) 495-1424
    • United Arts Tara: 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE | 404.634.6288

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    Good restaurants in Atlanta area

    Ótimas dicas da Denise Akstein:

    ATMOSPHERE BISTRO- 1620 Piedmont Avenue, 678-702-1620

    BACCHANALIA - 1198 Howell Mill rd., 404-365-0410

    FLOATAWAY CAFE - 1123 Zonolite Rd., 404-892-1414

    JOEL - 3290 Northside Parkway, 404-233-3500

    Restaurante do High Museum – TABLE 1280 Restaurant & Tapas Lounge fica no Campus Level of the Woodruff Arts Center, Phone# 404-897-1280.  Recomendo!

    JCT KITCHEN & BAR- 1198 Howell Mill Rd., 404-355-2252

    QUINONES AT BACCHANALIA- 1198 Howell Mill Rd., 404-365-0410

    THE HIL - 9110 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, 770-463-6040 (esse restaurante fica a 40 minutos de “Downtown” Atlanta, chef/owner Hillary White.  Esse lugar charmoso chama-se Serenbe, tem um bed and breakfast (Serenbe Southern Country Inn), organic farm, restaurante da fazenda com comida organica (THE FARMHOUSE 770-463-2610) e farm animals-excelente para passar a tarde com as criancas, conhecer o lugar  e fazer reserva no THE HIL.

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    Where to eat in Atlanta

    Atlanta não é NY nem SP, mas tem ótima (e variada) comida!


    Bullet Mary Macs: comida tipica do sul, num restaurante historico
    Bullet Café Alsace: estaurante francês em Decatur: Bem aconchegante e familiar. A dona é uma querida amiga francesa, Benedict Ulsas”(by Dri Rievers)
    Bullet Six Feet Under: um restaurante do lado do Oakland Cemetery (que e’ outro ponto turistico interessante) que tem otimos frutos do mar e o melhor hamburguer da cidade

    For Brunch

    Bullet Original House of Pancakes , 2321 Cheshire Bridge RoadAtlanta, GA, 30324, 404-633-5677
    Bullet Ray’s on the River ou no Canoe: manhã de domingo, ótimo e farto buffet ao lado do rio. 
    Bullet Thumbs Up, 573 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, 30312
    Bullet Flying Biscuit (dois enderecos: Piedmont com 10th St e Candler Park)
    Bullet Front Page News (tambem dois enderecos, Crescent Av com 14thSt, e Little Five Points)

    Eating With Music

    Bullet American Pie: uma beer house típica americana, com música, pista de dança, garotas de biquini vendendo cerveja, e um milhão de aparelhos de TV mostrando esporte.
    Bullet  shows/concertos no Chaistain Park: ao ar livre, mas em arquibancadas numeradas. O pessoal faz picnic (com cesta, mesinhas e tudo) antes do show é lindo! (porém, não há shows no inverno)
    Bullet   música brasileira no Eclipse di Luna: e’  como matamos saudades da música brasileira…
    Bullet   por do sol no Piedmont Park (no restaurante/cervejaria ex-Park Tavern): tomar cerveja e assistir o por do sol no skyline da cidade


    Bullet Paolo’s Gelato Italiano: maravilhosos sorvetes! Fica em Virginia Highland, bem no centrinho… hummm….

    Bullet Morelli’s Ice Cream: deliciosos sorvetes, e alguns sabores bem originais, como ginger chocolate e coconut jalapeno.

    Bullet Vortex hamburguers
    Bullet Canoe (internacional), Atlanta Fish Market (frutos do mar), Las Palmeras (cubano), Don Pablo (mexicano),  Le Madeleine (fast food (!!!) francês), Houston (americano), Longhorn (americano), Johnny Rocket (lanchonete tipo anos 50, ótimos hamburguers), Umesono (japones), Cheesecake Factory (o nome já diz), Fogo de Chão (brasileiro)

    Bullet  International Marketfrutas, legumes e produtos do mundo todo. Nota: leve um casaco, é muito frio lá dentro! Dekalb Famers Market - 3000 E. Ponce De Leon Avenue - Decatur, GA 30030

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    What to do around Atlanta

    Bullet   Stone Mountain: parque com uma série de atrações, inclusive uma pedra (a tal stone) com uma bonita vista da cidade. Há “bondinhos” (como no Pão de Açúcar- RJ) para subir a essa pedra, e à noite (exceto no inverno) tem um show de laser projetado na pedra que vale a pena ver pelo menos uma vez na vida.

    Bullet  Marietta Square: outra praça histórica em Marietta, com muitas lojas de antiguidades e uma feira de artesanato aos  sábados.

    Bullet  Six Flags: é um parque cheio de montanhas russas. Nunca fui e jamais irei, detesto montanha russa, mas para quem gosta dizem que é  ótimo.

    Bullet Canoe trips ou Rafting no Chattahoochee River  (eu fiz no Tenessee, mas tem no norte da Georgia tambem)

    Bullet Kangaroo Center: Cangurus, na Georgia?! Sim, mais de 300 cangurus, a maior colonia fora da Australia

    Bullet O Museu de Kennesaw, com muita informação sobre a  guerra civil (curiosidade sobre Kennesaw: é uma cidade que desde uma lei de 1982 todo cidadão tem que possuir uma arma. Sério!)

    Bullet A 40 minutos de “Downtown” Atlanta, existe um lugar charmoso chamado Serenbe. Há um bed and breakfast (Serenbe Southern Country Inn), organic farm, restaurante da fazenda com comida organica (The Farmhouse) e farm animals. Excelente para passar a tarde com as criancas, conhecer o lugar  e fazer reserva no The Hil restaurant.   (dica da Denise!)

    Bullet A 3 horas de Atlanta,em Lynchburg, Tennessee, há a destilaria do Jack Daniels. Visite a destilaria de manhã, e faça sua reserva para almoçar no Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House. Para chegar lá coloque no seu GPS 182 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352

    Bullet Madison, que e’ uma cidadezinha historica super gracinha a 45 minutos daqui

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