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Welcome! Through my lens and words you will hopefully perceive people and their culture in a new way.

Published Work : 

The World Atlas of Street Food  – Carol Wilson & Sue Quinn, Thames & Hudson


  • Central de Abasto – Mexico City


Photography Exhibitions:

– With Open Arms 

12 -20 November 2018

Austrian Cultural Forum Tehran


 – With Open Arms

2 -10 December 2018

University of Science and Culture



This exhibition was about the people of Iran that I have encountered not only in my daily life but also whenever I explore Iran as a traveller.

In this day and age where the negative seems to prevail over the positive, I wanted to show people who have welcomed me with open hearts and have taught me so much about their culture, their talents, dreams and feelings.

Combining street photography and portraiture, I’m very grateful for having had the opportunity to observe and capture moments which will stay in my memory forever.



Group Art Exhibition to celebrate the International Women’s day

6th March 2019

Austrian Cultural Forum



And now a little about me.

Hi there! My name is Maria and I come from Portugal. You may wonder why I started this blog. Photographing and writing are important to me but above everything I wanted to share my experiences. Not only with you but also with my daughter who is now 9 years old.

There is a whole life before she was born that she doesn’t yet know about. A life her mother led and that one day I want her to be able to know better.

You see 20 years ago I started a long journey that has led me to different continents where I was able to travel, live and explore places I only dreamt of as a child. Coming from Portugal and having the legacy left by our famous explorers, the sea always made me dream of seeing what lay beyond it.

Conflicts and wars, particularly in the Middle East, have made access to some countries impossible. Some of them I had the good fortune to visit and explore and I feel it is important to share with you what I saw and the people I met on the way. Some may not even be with us anymore but they will always be part of my happiest memories.

But this blog came to be in Mexico where my daughter was born, a country that touched me profoundly and where I spent five years.

Its rich culture, traditions and its wonderful people inspired me to write about what I saw, felt and cooked. I hope those of you who are visiting for the first time can take the time to discover a bit of Mexico through my eyes, my feelings and flavors.

Austria came next, my husband’s country. I had never lived in Vienna before although we would come each year on vacation. I am European but I was also aware this was a distinct reality from my own in Portugal. There were challenges to face and obstacles to overcome but there was at the same time a lot of discovery and inspiration for new posts.

The closer proximity to my country and other European countries equally inspired me to write more often about not only Portugal but all the others we had the chance to visit while in Vienna.

And now we have moved to Tehran in Iran two years ago.

I’m very happy we have been able to start exploring this fascinating country. Whatever you hear on the news or from world leaders who have never set foot in this country, know that this is a country with a long history, with incredible landscape and a people who have touched my heart and have always made me feel welcome.

Welcome to the world of Travelling Spice, I hope you will be part of my journey!