Verviers's motto is "Vieux et Vert", meaning old and mouldy. Nice place if you are a duck! Mostly cold and wet, and when the temperature does rise, the gutters can't cope and the place smells. If you speak english you are in trouble.
On a positive side they have more pubs and bakeries than most other places, and the food is great. Public transport is excellent, as it is throughout Belgium, and puts the British system to shame. (and costs a fraction of the price). Fishing was good (Carp and Pike), Museum was useless (you have to go to Liege for a decent one), and some of the flea markets are not bad.