Mark Sanford, Lover Cozy Up at Uruguay Resort
It's the place they first met—how romantic!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 10:25 AM CST
Argentine Maria Belen Chapur walks to her apartment after shopping at a supermarket in Buenos Aires, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mark Sanford "hiked the Appalachian Trail" again last week, but this time he did so a bit more publicly: An Argentine celebrity magazine has published an eight-page spread on the former South Carolina governor that catches him frolicking with “soul mate” Maria Belen Chapur at a Uruguay resort just one week after leaving office, the AP reports. Sanford and Chapur vacationed at Punta del Este, the same glitzy spot where they first met in 2001, for six days beginning Jan. 17.

Photos show the lovebirds hand-in-hand, digging in the sand, and eating at a beachfront restaurant. The article notes that they were also spotted kissing “passionately, showing that long-distance love, in the electronic age, is not impossible.”