Angoulême is an ancient, not-very-touristed city towards the southwest of France, in the Charente region. There is TGV service from Paris.
Angoulême sits above the Charente River. There are city walls, and above them, ramparts, which were defended centuries ago. The old city center is very walkable, with restaurants and galleries. This city was occupied by Germans during World War II, and there is a Resistance Museum here.
One of the unique qualities about Angoulême is the fact that it annually hosts a Cartoon Festival, and when you walk around town, there is a cartoon or mural around every corner.
We stayed at the Hotel Martial for about 52 euro a night, good breakfast included, and the view from our room was beautiful.