We will be making a whirlwind visit to Europe this summer and unfortunately will be in France for only 2+ days - not enough time to visit Paris. We will be spending 1 day in Burgundy, overnighting in a town called Semur-en-Auxois, and 1 day/night in Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley. We will have a car so we plan to travel through smalltown, rural France for this brief period. There's a town called Noyers near Auxerre that's supposed to be quaint and lovely. I'm sure there are others people might recommend.
Is anyone familiar with these areas? Will there be boulangerie and patisserie in less populated areas for us to obtain fresh foods for picnics? Are there any specific towns or villages in rural Burgundy or Loire Valley known for their scenic beauty or having other features we should try to visit?
Thanks in advance for feedback or advice from more seasoned travelers to France!