My husband and I would like to visit Bordeaux during our trip to France in early January. With our schedule, the best time for us to be in Bordeaux is January 1-3. We would plan on taking the train from Paris to Bordeaux on January 1st and renting a car, then planning a self-guided tour on January 2nd. I looked at the tourism website, and it appears that many of the chateaus will be open on this date. Has anyone visited at this time? Also, unfortunately, we don't speak French (although I am trying to learn some phrases!). With this in mind, will it be difficult to do a self-guided tour? Are there any tourist-friendly chateaus you can recommend? Thanks so much!